Ada Tolla

Architect / Italy; United States / LOT-EK

Ada Tolla’s Book List

The founding partners of LOT-EK, Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, have provided a joint list of books that have influenced their work as architects, educators, thinkers, and people of the world.  It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows Tolla and Lignano that there were two distinct reactions as they were deciding on which books to include: passionate accord or sharp disagreement. There is no middle ground about what resonates with LOT-EK.  As with the work they produce, or the projects they decide to pursue, things either resonate, or they simply do not.

The following titles reflect the attitudes, desires, and subject matter that inform the minds of LOT-EK.

3 books
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

The fantastic tension between the perfection of imperfection and the imperfection of perfection is probably the greatest contribution of Japanese culture to modern/contemporary aesthetic culture. This tension is what LOT-EK’s pathos is all about.

Bruno Munari

Pure ‘70s genius. Almost Japanese in its attempt to systematize the impossible.

Gianni Rodari

One more piece of Italian intelligence. A methodology for writing based on productive and compelling collisions—very parallel to our own work in architecture.

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